A Journey Through Ted Cruz's Worst Tweets of 2022

A Journey Through Ted Cruz's Worst Tweets of 2022

Cruz is officially the number-one poster in the Senate. Here are his worst takes of the year.

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Ted Cruz, R-Texas, checks his phone during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Capitol Hill on Mar. 23, 2022 in Washington, DC
Ted Cruz, R-Texas, checks his phone during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Capitol Hill on Mar. 23, 2022 in Washington, DC.
Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty (Getty Images)

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is many things: podcaster, petulant traveler, and failed presidential candidate who ended said campaign by elbowing his wife in the face. But above all, he is a poster.

A report from Quorum found that Cruz was the the Senate’s most prolific Twitter user in 2022, besting fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) by nearly 3,000 tweets. (The analysis includes both personal and legislative accounts and original tweets as well as retweets, all through November 30.) It’s not terribly surprising that Cruz and Cornyn are the top two given that a mistake Thanksgiving tweet led people to suspect that they share a social media team. This beauty was never deleted:

Coming in third behind the Texas twosome was Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who tweets about wildlife and his old vacuum alongside his terrible policy positions. Reactionary hobgoblin Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Voldemort understudy Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) rounded out the top five.

Most Active Senators on Twitter in 2022, from Quorum analysis
Most active Senators on Twitter in 2022, from Quorum analysis
Screenshot: Quorum (Fair Use)

Cruz isn’t the top poster in all of Congress—there are three members of the House who tweeted more than him in 2022: Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), and Rep. Don Bacon (R- NE). Still, Senators represent entire states rather than little carved-up slivers of them, and Cruz “serves” nearly 30 million Texans, or at least claims to, in between tweets.

Here, in no particular order, are Ted’s worst tweets this year, from the dumb to the downright despicable.

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Trying to dunk on President Biden for taking a vacation

Trying to dunk on President Biden for taking a vacation

A bold choice coming from Cancun Cruz.

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The fake Atlantic article

The fake Atlantic article

Cruz tweeted a screenshot of a fake headline in The Atlantic, which he would have learned was fake if he took precisely 10 seconds to Google it. He captioned the photo: “the Left is beyond parody.” He did delete it, but without saying so. His defense? “Didn’t know it was fake. You guys are so insane, it could easily have been real. But it wasn’t. And so I deleted the tweet as soon as I found out.”

This was one of several misinformation-laden tweets he deleted in 2022, another was about migrants arriving in Martha’s Vineyard and one about the Canadian trucker convoy. (And of course there were more in 2021.)

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Pathetic shitpost attempts

Pathetic shitpost attempts

*Taps earpiece* I’m hearing these are supposed to be funny.

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Lying about Stacey Abrams

Lying about Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, made a forceful case in October that while midterm voters’ top concern was the economy, abortion is an economic issue, too, and should be a part of the conversation about the economy. But Republicans twisted her words and claimed that she suggested abortion was a solution to inflation, and Cruz was more than happy to pile on.

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Pleading with Elon Musk to bring back a transphobe

Pleading with Elon Musk to bring back a transphobe

Ted desperately wanted the newly installed Twitter CEO to restore the account of disgraced Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, who was suspended after he deadnamed and misgendered actor Elliot Page and said he’d “rather die” than delete it.

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More transphobia during KBJ’s confirmation hearings

More transphobia during KBJ’s confirmation hearings

Ted likely thought this was a smart talking point, but he conveniently leaves out that now-Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was probably the first Supreme Court nominee to be asked this dumb-ass question.

Los Angeles Times photographer Kent Nishimura even captured Cruz searching Twitter for his name during Jackson’s hearings that day.

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Picking a fight with...Elmo

Picking a fight with...Elmo

Only a clown would tag Elmo, a national treasure, in this vaccine-skeptic tweet.

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Calling companies “woke” if they cover abortion

Calling companies “woke” if they cover abortion

Will you support family-friendly policies, Ted? You know, things like federal paid family leave, and the now-expired child tax credit?

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Bootlick of the man who called his wife ugly

Bootlick of the man who called his wife ugly

This one aged like milk.

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Suggesting Paul Pelosi’s attacker was simply a “drugged out nutcase”

Suggesting Paul Pelosi’s attacker was simply a “drugged out nutcase”

Cruz tweeted a screenshot of a thread from commentator Matt Walsh (real Poster behavior) in which Walsh said Pelosi’s attempted murder wasn’t evidence of Republican extremism, but of crime in cities with Democratic leaders. Walsh said: “Being that this is San Francisco, it seems perfectly plausible that some drugged out nutcase broke into their home. Trying to turn this San Francisco crime story into an indictment of Republicans is what’s implausible and ridiculous.” Cruz wrote “truth.” Actually, no, Pelosi’s attacker was steeped in right-wing conspiracy theories.

But the would-be attacker of Justice Brett Kavanaugh who never set foot on his property? That’s definitely the fault of Democrats.

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Honorable mention: only bad because it’s fake

Honorable mention: only bad because it’s fake

During the disastrous rollout of the new Twitter Blue, where anyone could get “verified” for $8, someone posted this unfortunately believable tweet. To quote Ted, “it could easily have been real.”

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#TBT from five years ago

#TBT from five years ago

In 2017, Cruz also made Twitter news—for liking a porn tweet on 9/11. We are legally required to mention it during any discussion of his tweets.

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